Snowy Walk with Biff on Sand Creek

It was a lovely snowy day for a walk, no wind and 34F. I enjoyed it so much that we walked 6.8 miles rather than our usual 4.4 mile loop.

Snowy Walk

The cliffs appeared and disappeared as snow clouds drifted across the Velvet Ridge

Snowy Walk

The Giant Red Monster made a brief appearance (not Biff, the cliff!)

Biff chooses interesting sticks.
Snowy Walk

More Red Monster

When we got home we were greeted by a choir of Red Wing Blackbirds, they gather in the cottonwood every afternoon.

The Rim Rock Trail

Having hiked on Sand Creek for a couple of days it was time to try an alternative, the Rim Rock Trail is pretty much opposite the Rim Rock hotel and restaurant and below Cook’s Mesa, it leads to the northern entrance to Spring Canyon.

Tank Bridge

Biff was ready to go.

Tank Bridge Tank Bridge Tank Bridge

Old Juniper trees always provided odd twisted shapes that look good in the snow.

Tank Bridge

Frikka went off to explore some side canyons.

Tank Bridge Tank Bridge Tank Bridge

The Henry Mountains always look good from this angle.

January 1st 2019

The start of the new year in Torrey was sunny and cold with a high of about 20F following a low of 2F.

We headed out to Sand Creek for the dog walk but only got about half a mile before Biff started to limp, he had a cracked paw and despite a load of Musher’s Secret he didn’t want to go on.

Biff The Reluctant
Despite the short walk Frikka had a long rest in the evening before going to bed.

Cathedral Valley Snow – February 2016

The weather station at the Torrey post office told me there had been snow overnight and since it was now a clear blue sky day I thought I might drive out to Cathedral Valley.

Cathedral Valley Snow Cathedral Valley Snow

Looks like I get first tracks on the Caineville Wash Road

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Queen of the Wash looking majestic as always.

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Temple of the Sun

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Temples of the Sun and Moon.

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Glass Mountain.

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Wayne County Wall. It’s a volcanic dike that sits on the border of Wayne and Emery counties – keeping the rif-raff out for 10 million years – or in…

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Wall of Jericho.

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Emery County side of the Wayne County Wall.

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Wall of Jericho, the three spires are called Mom, Pop and Little Henry (from r to l). This is approximately where John Fremont made camp on his aborted journey through Cathedral Valley, the location is only known due to a daguerreotype taken by the expedition ‘photographer’ Solomon Nunes Carvalho .

Cathedral Valley Snow

This picture is actually from a woodcut made from the original, the artist took some liberties with the perspective. Most of the 300 daguerreotypes taken were lost in a fire. (Woodcuts don’t always make a good backup medium either)

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Cathedrals

Cathedral Valley Snow

Headed back towards the Henry Mountains

Cathedral Valley Snow

The Blue Cliffs